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The Maccabees: From Latchmere to the brink of Arenas
Nov 27, 2015 5:06am | Drowned In Sound
While the prophets of doom continue to tell us there are no British bands worthy of making the step up to bonafide festival headline status, the impending rise of both Foals and The Maccabees this past year would suggest otherwise. Whereas the former's fourth effort What Went Down signalled their most disparate attempt yet at genre cross-pollination and universal acclaim, the latter went about their business in a more introspective, and dare I say it, mature manner. 2012's Given To The Wild already stated their intentions, it's richer, occasionally cinematic and ultimately diverse sound already a million miles away from that harnessed in those early 45s just six years earlier. So it didn't come as too much of a surprise when Marks To Prove It arrived in March of this year. Defiant in part and stoic in others. Having celebrated their tenth year in existence during the making of the album, it represented the kind of monumental jump a band like The National made from Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers to Alligator, albeit in a different context. No longer concerned with market driven industry politics or intent on rushing a new record out for the sake of it. Marks To Prove It's two-year long gestation period proved a worthwhile exercise in patience and fulfilment, culminating in arguably the band's...
Erykah Badu reunites with Andre 3000 on Hello from her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape
Nov 27, 2015 5:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear
Erykah Badu does the Rundgren/Nazz/Isley Brothers classic with 3 Stacks, taken from Badu's new mixtape. Listen below + download BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE now on iTunes.
Erykah Badu reunites with Andre 3000 on Hello from her But You Cain't Use My Phone mixtape
Nov 27, 2015 5:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear
Erykah Badu does the Rundgren/Nazz classic with 3 Stacks, taken from Badu's new mixtape. Listen below + download BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE now on iTunes.
Donato Dozzy collaborator Nuel ventures into cold climates on Hyperboreal
Nov 27, 2015 4:59am | Fact Magazine
Frozen electronics from Further Records.
Fans of austere and superbly crafted techno may be familiar with Nuel through his 00s Aquaplano Sessions with fellow Italian artist Donato Dozzy, which were deservedly reissued a couple of years ago on Spectrum Spools.
Nuel released his first solo album in 2011 on Further Records, and now he returns to the label for its 100th release, Hyperboreal. The album was made with “the minimum of fuss” on an Ekdahl Polygamist synth and a few pedals, according to the label, and is perfect “for colder climates, for stark and inhospitable landscapes,” a sentiment we’d agree with stream ‘Steppin Stone’ and the title track below.
The Ekdahl, now discontinued, is a pretty unusual piece of gear it looks like an 80s children’s puzzle for a start.
“I fell in love with it from the first sight,” Fogliata says of the gear. “Aesthetics are very important to me, if I don’t like the way a synth looks like I can’t get anything from it. Just like when meeting a nice person but there’s no physical attraction, it can be a good friendship, nice conversations, but ‘love’ is missing, and making music is making love so this aspect has a huge influence on creativity. Being surrounded by beauty makes me feel better and reinforces the posi...
M.I.A. highlights the refugee crisis on Borders video
Nov 27, 2015 4:45am | Fact Magazine
M.I.A. has unveiled the video for her recent track ‘Borders’ on Apple Music.
The track appeared last week, and followed Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than A Border, a short film featuring two songs also expected to appear on her forthcoming album.
The ‘Borders’ video sees M.I.A. highlighting the current refugee crisis while walking on water – watch it below via Apple Music.
The post M.I.A. highlights the refugee crisis on ‘Borders’ video appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..
Lovebox brings Robert Johnsons Ata and Benedikt Frey to Dance Tunnel
Nov 27, 2015 3:47am | Fact Magazine
The world renowned German club goes on exchange.
Lovebox is keeping busy through the winter months by bringing some of the world’s best clubs to London, saving you a trip to Europe and carrying out some important international techno diplomacy in one stroke.
Located just across the river from Frankfurt, the intimate Robert Johnson is regularly cited as one of the world’s best clubs, attracting the cream of international DJs to play alongside its strong resident line-up, and putting out great records through its Robert Johnson Live label.
On December 6, founder Ata and resident DJ Benedikt Frey will join Lovebox’s East Meets series with a night at Dalston’s Dance Tunnel, joined by London locals and friends of Lovebox, Bobby Pleasure and Hot Blood. Kicking off at 5pm and running until late, it’ll be Sunday clubbing at its finest.
Find out more on Facebook and grab tickets from RA and Ticketweb.
The next chapter of Lovebox’s East Meets series takes place on January 30 at Oval Space, with renowned Paris nightclub Concrete in charge stay tuned to find out who’s on the bill.
Hear Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 reunite on Hello
Nov 27, 2015 12:45am | Fact Magazine
Taken from new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone.
Erykah Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone has arrived as an iTunes and Apple Music exclusive with a full release set to follow on December 4. Guests on the tape are kept to a minimum with former partner Andre 3000 making the only featured appearance. The pair’s new collaboration ‘Hello’ is their first since Badu appeared on Outkast’s ‘Humble Mumble’ in 2000.
According to a press release, But You Caint Use My Phone expertly weaves Erykah Badus trademark soulful vocals with psychedelic soundscapes, hip-hop-inflected beats, smooth R&B, jazz, art-rock and found sounds into a new genre Erykah describes as TRap & B.”
On Thursday, Erykah Badu shared a 30-minute mix on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and discussed her new mixtape.
Stream ‘Hello’ featuring Andre 3000 below.
The post Hear Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 reunite on ‘Hello’ appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..
What's going on Friday? (My Morning Jacket, Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Ondskapt, Buck Gooter & more)
Nov 26, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan
photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS at Baby's in April (more by
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
My Morning Jacket, Cass McCombs @ Beacon Theater
The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become The Teeth,
Restorations @ Webster Hall
Dark Star Orchestra @ Playstation Theater
Ondskapt, Abazagorath, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
Tame Impala The Less I Know The Better Video
Nov 26, 2015 10:47pm | StereoGum
Tame Impala have already shared a couple of hallucinatory videos for Currents' "Cause I'm A Man" and "Let It Happen," and now they've given us another for "The Less I Know The Better." Directed by CANADA, the clip reframes Kevin Parker's heartsick lyrics as the colorful story of a high school … More »
Kevin McPhee inaugurates Ian Oakley alias with The Rise And Fall EP
Nov 26, 2015 8:53pm | Fact Magazine
Canadian house and techno producer unveils a new moniker.
Kevin McPhee will launch his new Ian Oakley alias with a four-track EP for Wake Up! Records next month. The Rise And Fall EP collects three originals plus a remix of the title track from Wake Up! boss Benjamin Brunn.
The Toronto-born musician first came to attention around 2011 with a series of dusty, UK-influenced house 12″s for labels like Idle Hands, [nakedlunch] and Ramp offshoot Brainmath. After a quiet 2014, McPhee’s release schedule has picked up a little this year. He’s released a collaboration with Gerry Read for another Ramp sublabel, Fourth Wave, and delivered an EP for WNCL in September.
McPhee will round out the year with the release of his new EP as Ian Oakley, which you can preview below. [via RA]
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Download Lil Wayne No Ceilings 2 Mixtape
Nov 26, 2015 8:01pm | StereoGum
Happy Thanksgiving from Lil Wayne! As promised, Wayne has just dropped No Ceilings 2, a sequel to his much-loved Halloween 2009 mixtape. The 24-track project includes features from Future, Curren$y, Turk, Mannie Fresh, Yo Gotti, Jae Millz, King Los, and more, and takes beats from the Weeknd's "The Hills," Eminem's "My Name Is," and a … More »
Lil Wayne releases No Ceilings 2
Nov 26, 2015 7:45pm | Fact Magazine
Lil Wayne has released sequel to his 2009 mixtape No Ceilings.
As with the previous edition, No Ceilings 2 collects Wayne’s own versions of current hits. The new mixtape includes freestyles over Future and Drake’s ‘Jumpman’, ‘Where Ya At?’, ‘Plastic Bag’, ‘Big Rings’ and ‘Diamonds Dancing’; Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘Back 2 Back’; The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ and more. Future, Gudda Gudda, Mannie Fresh, Yo Gotti and Curren$y all make cameo appearances.
Its been a turbulent year (again) for Lil Wayne. Hes been feuding with Birdman all year since launching a $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money for its failure to release Tha Carter V and had his Miami Beach mansion raided by police earlier this month. He also popped up on Young Thugs Slime Season mixtape despite Thug being named in an indictment that alleged his involvement in Waynes bus shooting.
Stream or download No Ceilings 2 below.
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Watch the trailer for Pusha Ts short film Darkest Before Dawn
Nov 26, 2015 4:59pm | Fact Magazine
Film will accompany the album due next month.
Earlier this week, Pusha T announced Darkest Before Dawn, a new album due next month that serves as a prelude to his long-gestating King Push LP. Darkest Before Dawn features production from Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Q-Tip, Baauer and Nashiem Myrick.
The album is accompanied by a short film that will premiere at Art Basel in Miami next week. The short film is directed by Kid Art, and you can watch the trailer below.
Darkest Before Dawn is set to arrive via G.O.O.D. Music on December 18.
The post Watch the trailer for Pusha T’s short film Darkest Before Dawn appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..
Erykah Badu shares 30-minute mix on Beats 1, talks new mixtape
Nov 26, 2015 4:27pm | Fact Magazine
Erykah Badu chats with Zane Lowe ahead of her new mixtape.
Erykah Badu’s new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone is set to arrive on Friday. Ahead of the project’s arrival, Badu dropped into Beats 1 HQ for an interview with Zane Lowe. She also shared a 30-minute mix titled ‘Beats & Lotus Petals’, which features tracks from Thundercat, Das EFX, Toro Y Moi and more. You can hear the mix via Apple Music (it begins at 1:23:25).
In the interview with Lowe, Badu detailed the origins of But You Caint Use My Phone. She said: “There’s this kid who’s kind of a prodigy in my city. He was responsible for bringing in the boogie movement, and they called him White Chocolate, because he grew up in an all-black neighborhood. His name’s Zac Witness. Zac did a remix of ‘On and On’ and handed it to me through social media. And I listened to it and I was like, ‘Woah, what is this?’ And when I thought about doing the ‘Hotline Bling’ remix I thought about him. And the same week, he came to one of my events in passing and we exchaanged phone numbers. And the next week we were in his bedroom studio, we did the whole project in 11 days. And this kid produced, reproduced some other thing, mixed, and mastered, he mastered the project in two days. I did vocals one take for each song. Amazing.”
Hear the interview below...
Warner Music to drastically increase the price of vinyl in Canada
Nov 26, 2015 3:45pm | Chart Attack
Know somebody who's got The Black Keys' Brothers in 180-gram vinyl on their holiday wish list? Well, get ready to shell out nearly double.
Responding to the weak Canadian dollar, Warner Music has told Canadian accounts that as of November 30th some titles offered in wax form will be subject to price increases and in some cases, like the aforementioned Black Keys album, the increase will be dramatic.
Today, Brothers wholesales for $18.50 and costs customers $29.99 at the cash register. After Warner's adjustments, the record will sell wholesale for $30.09, an increase of 63%, and that's without adding the retailers' margins.
The revisions won't just affect American acts either. Blue Rodeo's Diamond Mine, for example, will now sell to distributors for $41.50, up from $30.09, while some titles, like the band's double LP Lost Together, will keep their current price tags.
One Ottawa record store is already feeling the crunch.
From this side of the cash register, the adjustments seem uneven, hitting some albums and skipping others. For instance: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, the year's most collected title according to Discogs and, I think, the album that comes bundled with every turntable, will now sell to retailers for $22 and change, jumping a full five-spot.
Vinyl is costly to manufacture and the large majority is imported from the U.S. wh...
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